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Orchids

January 7–March 5, 2017

Stroll through an indoor garden inspired by the opulence of the Art Deco movement. Thousands of orchid blooms and tropical plants are displayed in artful designs reflecting the global trends of the 1920s.


In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Nighttime Tropicals

Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn's delicate, hand-cut paper collages are on view. Quiet and poetic, Eichhorn’s work radiates a complex harmony between the natural and handmade world.

Exhibition-Related Progamming

Walk and Sip with Exhibiting Artist Stephen Eichhorn
Friday, March 3, 6–7:30pm

Stephen Eichhorn Collage Workshop
Saturday, March 4, 10am–12pm


Savage Gardens

 

Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.

Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.

The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory. 
 
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.

About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More

Blooms & Butterflies

March 11–September 17, 2017

Hundreds of colorful butterflies take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm.


In the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse
Fairy Gardens
March 11–May 29, 2017
Fairies, Pixies, Sprites, Hobgoblins, Gnomes, Imps—no matter what you call them, these timeless creatures evoke fascination and intrigue, bringing acts of kindness—and sometimes mischief—to the world. Experience the Conservatory’s tribute to these whimsical and ageless wonders. Peacefully stroll through a life-size fairy garden and a variety of miniature gardens.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Efflorescence: Works from Open Door Art Studio
March 11–May 14, 2017
Open Door Art Studio invites Conservatory visitors to take part in an artistic Efflorescence. Open Door artists have honed their artistic talents to cultivate an exhibition comprised of original, floral-themed artworks. Over 70 multimedia works will fill the gallery with color, creativity and imagination.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery empowers artists with disabilities to develop unique, artistic voices and to experience opportunities afforded through the arts. Creativity knows no boundaries and all individuals deserve an environment for expression without limitation.

In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.


Columbus Blooms

April 2017

A delightful celebration of spring! An indoor display of spring blooms is on view in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse through mid-May 2017. Outdoors, something new is blooming every day!

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders

May 20–October 29, 2017

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders celebrates the art of living sculpture. Focusing on endangered animals, horticulturists will plant, design and sculpt 14 topiaries to be placed throughout the Conservatory’s courtyards and biomes. As guests walk through the Conservatory exploring the different regions of the world, they will encounter native, sculpted animals along the way.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Topography Topiary Terrain - Photography Inspired by Manipulation

May 20–September 17, 2017
This photography exhibition by CCAD students, alumni and faculty explores the manipulation of nature through lighting, perspective and design techniques. Using the Conservatory’s lush foliage and diverse plant collections as a catalyst to create new works, artists share their unique interpretation of man’s ability to appropriate the natural world.


Bonsai Display

May 20–November 12, 2017

The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse.  This year, Wabi-Sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature—serves as the underlying theme for the show. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Merry & Bright

November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.